High-speed chase leads to arrest of JC man

By Katherine Wartell

A high-speed chase Sunday afternoon led to the arrest of a Junction City man on multiple traffic violations.

Andrew Ryan Brenneman, 22, was being held in the Riley County Jail on a $5,000 bond with the Kansas Highway Patrol and a separate $5,000 bond with the RCPD following the incident, which involved a chase through Manhattan, onto Fort Riley Boulevard, then back onto Wildcat Creek Road, Scenic Drive and finally ending on I-70. Both RCPD and KHP units were involved.

RCPD Capt. Kurt Moldrup said the chase began when an RCPD patrol officer noticed Brenneman, who was riding a Yamaha 6,000 cc motorcycle, make an illegal right-turn off 14th Street onto Poyntz Ave. The officer signalled for Brenneman to pull over, but the cyclist instead sped up and went west on Poyntz at speed measured at 70 mph to Fort Riley Boulevard. With the officer in pursuit, Brenneman allegedly continued west at high speed through the construction zone area west of the city, passing several vehicles as he did so.

Determining that the pursuit was unsafe, the RCPD officer forwarded information to other law enforcement units on the police radio and gave up the chase. Meanwhile, the cyclist apparently doubled back at Wildcat Creek Road because a short time later a Kansas Highway Patrol officer picked him up where that road intersects with Scenic Drive. That second chase was finally halted at milepost 306 on I-70.

Brenneman, a Fort Riley soldier, was charged with two counts of fleeing and eluding, two counts of reckless driving, and two counts of driving on a suspended, cancelled or revoked license. He was also issued traffic citations for speeding, failure to signal a turn, failure to obey a traffic device, and four instances of improper passing.

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